2023 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows
Cady Hammer, Academic Programs Fellow
Cady Hammer is a graduate student at the University of Houston pursuing her M.A. in Public History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum and Gallery Management. She works as a graduate research assistant with the “Sharing Stories from 1977” project through the university’s Center for Public History and is currently interning with the Holocaust Museum Houston. She has previously interned with the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Office of Historic Alexandria. Cady received her B.A. in History and the National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) Certificate in Material Culture & Public History from the College of William & Mary in 2022. Cady is also the author of two young adult fantasy series, the Chasing Fae Trilogy and the ongoing The Ivy Labyrinth series.
Brendan Quinn, Curatorial Fellow
Brendan Quinn is pursuing an M.A. in History at the University of Toledo. He was previously a historical interpreter for Hartwick Pines State Park and Logging Museum in Michigan. He has experience creating historical programming like a presentation on the history of the Hartwick family, including the forethought of Karen Hartwick who fought to preserve one of the last major stands of Michigan’s old growth white pine forest. Brendan assisted the park historian with the collections and inventory of the museum’s blacksmith shop display. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toledo in 2022. He has a deep passion for historical artifacts, firearms history, material culture, and public history. He will be working with the Fort Ticonderoga staff to catalog and research the Robert Nittolo collection of Colonial and Revolutionary Firearms.
Nico Riley, Archaeology Fellow
Nico Riley is a recent graduate of Skidmore College where he received his B.A. in Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology. During his time at Skidmore, he worked as a lab assistant for the Skidmore Archaeological Collection and was involved with on campus excavations. In 2021, Nico worked as an archive intern for Historic Harrisville cataloging historic documents. He also completed an Archaeological field school in Ecuador last summer. He has interests in using GIS, 3D modeling, and other emerging technologies for curation and collections management.
Mary Schrader, Collections Fellow
Mary Schrader is an Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellow. She is participating in a Dual Degree Program where she is working towards an M.A. in Public History through North Carolina State University and an M.A. in Library Science through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously was a Collections Intern at the Marco Island Historical Society in Marco Island, Florida. She has worked in the NC State archaeology labs and as a graduate assistant in Special Collections at the D.H. Hill Library at NC State. Mary received her B.A. in History and Religious Studies with a Minor in Anthropology from NC State University in 2021.